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Turbulence Training – Day 19-20: 7 Reasons To Never Do Crunches Again

by Susan · 14 comments

This is my review of days 19 and 20 on Craig Ballantyne’s fat loss workouts, Turbulence Training.

If you’ve missed any any of the previous 18 updates you can get all caught up by clicking here —> Turbulence Training Review.

I’m just finishing up week 3 of Turbulence Training fat loss workout, Buff Dudes & Hot Chicks.

Day 19 is back to Workout C and day 20 is 30 minutes of light exercise.

It feels so good to feel like I’m getting my strength back. After sitting behind this desk all winter and continuing to nurse old running injuries, it is nice to get moving again, feel the strength come back, drop a few pounds, and improve my energy levels.

The best part is that I’m getting some of my confidence back. All good things!

One question I often get from readers is how many and what kind of crunches they should do to flatten their stomach or reveal six pack abs.

Well, I thought I would let Craig Ballantyne answer that for you.

I’ve got a great article Craig wrote for the Ultimate Home Workouts readers about why you should never do crunches again……


Too many people are still doing crunches to try and get a flat stomach and six pack abs. The truth, however, is that those crunches will not get you the results you want.

There are many skeptics and die-hard crunch addicts out there, so below I’m going to give you 7 reasons why you never need to do crunches or sit-ups again.

1) Crunches aren’t working for you now, and didn’t in the past, so why would they work in the future? It’s time to give them up for good.

You know the old saying about insanity? It’s doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Time to change it up!

2) Crunches are most dangerous when they are most effective.

When you are overweight, there can be a lot of resistance on the abs when you do crunches – and technically that is good…

HOWEVER, because your ab and low back muscles are weak, that’s when you use bad form and end up with a pain-in-the-neck or low back pain from crunches.

So even though crunches can work your abs as a beginner, they end up causing more harm than good.

3) On the other hand, crunches get LESS effective as you get leaner and fitter, because there is less resistance on the muscle and you’re now too strong to get anything out of crunches.

Here’s a dramatic demonstration of what I mean.

Take your left arm and extend it out to your side. Now clench your fist and do 20 biceps curls.

Now tell me, do you really think that will “work your biceps” and make them lean and sexy? Of course not!

So why would the same high-rep method of crunches work for your abs? It won’t, of course.

4) A couple of years ago, Men’s Health magazine made a big deal about a research study proving you would need to do 20,000 crunches to burn 1 pound of belly fat. Twenty thousand!

Even a “crunch fanatic” would need a few days to do 20,000 crunches. The bottom line is that ab crunches are a HUGE waste of time when you are trying to lose belly fat.

5) Even those lean, mixed martial artist guys don’t do crunches.

On the weekend, I was reading an interview with the trainer of world champion fighter, Georges St. Pierre, and the trainer explained how they don’t do crunches, but instead do anti-rotation and extension exercises for the abs.

6) Interval training works your abs harder than crunches.

Whether it’s sprints or kettlebell swings, your abs will shape up faster with interval training than they will with crunches. Guaranteed.

7) Crunches don’t make your abs “pop out”.

Unfortunately, even if you lose your belly fat, you still won’t get that “pop out” look in your abdominal area. Crunches will never do that, but fortunately, if you do use the correct exercises, your abs will be popping out rather easily.

So there are 7 reasons to stop wasting your time on ineffective and potentially injury-inducing crunches.


Thanks Craig. Let’s hope people get the picture and stop the insanity, as you mention in #1!

Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training program is built around concepts such as this. You won’t do a single crunch in any of the Turbulence Training workouts.

Craig fills his workouts with anti-rotation exercises that use your total body to build strength and increase endurance in your core.

He also uses high intensity interval training, which, as Craig mentioned above, works your abs harder than any crunch.

If you’d like to join me on my Turbulence Training journey you can grab your copy by clicking here —> Turbulence Training.

Until my next update, get off your back and start working your abs the right way!

Your Coach,

Susan Campbell, MS, CSCS

P.S. Please leave a comment and let me know if cruches have worked for you in the past and what your favorite non-crunch exercise is.

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1 roclafamilia October 21, 2010 at 7:13 am

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